Vegan + Allergen-Free Ice Cream - A Detroit Favorite

December 10, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

All photos by John Azoni. See full gallery here

You don't have to be vegan to love what I'm about to introduce you to. 

My good friend Robb Zimmerman is a talented guy - a former audio engineer turned ice cream maker based right here in Detroit. He's also a vegan along with his wife and 2 beautiful kids.

One day Robb brought this vegan ice cream to a dinner party we were at. I was skeptical. In my mind, many things i've tried that start out with the word "vegan" are poor substitutes for the real thing. I feel strongly the same about anything that begins with "diet". But I tried it, and was hooked. In fact, everyone i know that's tried one of Robb's carefully concocted flavors - Maple Bourbon, Strawberry Basil, Sweet Cream Mint, Chai Tea (to name a few) - has fallen in love. 

So when Robb invited me and my camera to hang out in his kitchen space in Eastern Market, I gladly accepted. 

He was in the middle of making a fall classic flavor - "Punkin Spice"

Aside from this being a coconut-milk-based ice cream, Robb uses primarily organic ingredients.

As if that weren't enough - It's allergen conscious. Nut free, dairy free, soy free. And because it's vegan, it's egg free, which for me is a plus because in recent years I've developed a fun egg allergy. 

He even will do a paleo version of some his flavors if you want to get real crazy. 
 
Heading into the freezer/churner-expensive-machine-thing was a batch of Darkest Dark Chocolate. This is crowd favorite. 

You can catch Ice Cream Plant at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, as well as various restaurants in the Detroit area. Head over to their facebook page for all the latest, or order place an order through their website


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